Thursday, October 05, 2006

T.O. at Philly: Countdown Continues

There's been a lot of talk about T.O. coming to Philly this Sunday. It is, without question, the game of the year.

For a crazed environment, I think it's up there with any game in recent NFL history (recent meaning "ever").

I know there are some easy "T.O. Sucks" or "T.O. Swallows" or "T.O. is an M-F'er" or any number of curse-based chants that the Philly faithful will pull out and try to get on national TV.

(Frankly: More power to them. I can't wait to see/hear it. It could be the all-time crowning achievement of Philly sports fandom.)

Here's my question: Side-stepping the easy curse-based chants or signage, what is the most clever cheer/jeer or sign (to be seen on TV) that you can think of?

Again, I don't want the Comments to devolve into "How about 'Fuck T.O.!' Yeah!" (There: I dropped the F-bomb myself, thus taking it out of play.)

Looking for clever here: Hell, maybe some Philly fan will see what you write and actually make it happen.

What would you want to chant?
What would you want to put on a sign?

-- D.S.


Dave said...

McNabb Chokes...
T.O. Swallows!

Dave said...

McNabb Chokes...
T.O. Swallows!

wildpitch_20 said...

I remember one sign that said "TO has BO" Might not be the most clever thing in the world but it got me to chuckle and TO took notice. He got a TD thenran right over to the sign and tore it down.

Richard said...

My advice to the Philly fans would be this: Don't do any anti TO cheers or signs. Consider these facts:

1. Owens is not Dallas's best receiver.

2. Owens' absence did not cause Philly to lose nearly as many games as McNabb's injury.

3. Philly's front office knew exactly what it was getting into with him.

But the big reason is that not paying any acknowledgement to TO would hurt his own ego more than any derogatory cheer, and it would be a massive slap in the face to the media for the insane coverage on a guy that most people dont give a crap about.

So in short, if you feel the need to bash TO, take a pill...(ONE pill please).

Big D said...

100% dead on balls accurate richard.

Ignoring the guy will get in his head more than any sign or chant ever could.

By the way - considering how much man-love the ESPN network has thrown at TO in the last three seasons, how is it possible that they didn't pull rank and put this game on Monday Night?

The 4:15 time slot on Fox is nice, and once again, I'll be subjected to an endless stream of Joe Buck (boy did that come out wrong), but the Sunday Night or Monday Night game is where this belongs.

And how great would it be if it were in a Prime Time slot, and got zip for ratings, thereby proving how much America is tired of T.O. Maybe that would wake people up.

Kevin said...

This is assuming the game is on Fox.


and then right next to it a picture of a pill bottle.

Kinda clunky, but that's all I could come up with at the moment.

kris9er said...

Got Pills?
Got Painkillers?
Totally Overdosed

The last one has multiple connotations, TO's own overdose, the constant media overdose of TO, and TO's contant need to overdose on attention.

DougE in OK said...

I'm still laughing at the sign they had last game that said "Get well soon TO, so we can HURT you!"

How about "R(x)IP" (can't do subscript on here)

Anonymous said...

The most horrifying sign I ever heard of was actually on a t-shirt worn at Fenway: "Jeter has AIDS."

Why not?

"T.O. has AIDS."

Badass Of The Year said...

It would be great if they ignored him, but since they won't how about:

Drew (hearts) Terry Glenn More

manninghamheisman said...

I think you'll see some crazy celebration if TO gets a TD and i think he will.....BTW I'm confused. What's the rule with celebrations now? Aren't TD celebrations banned in NFL? Forgive my ignorance...I only watch College Football. In any case, he'll go as far as he can with celebrations

Jake C said...

Used a ton...but always classic now:

Painkillers that almost killed TO: $100
Hospital Bill that rescued TO: $10,000
TO killed by Philly's defense instead: Priceless

manninghamheisman said...

Hey did anyone hear about Andre the Giant's son? Apparently he's a football player at division 2 school and getting scouted by the Eagles? Bizarre story.

Josh said...

Kim Etheredge Fan Club

John said...

Will T.O. spike the ball at midfield if he scores a touchdown? That would be the most interesting thing to see, and if he does will McNabb be the one that goes after him?

I really hope the philly fans ignore him, but that won't happen. As it would crush him.

Gary said...

Why didn't Kim Ethridge pull T.O.'s foot out of his mouth while she was in there grabbing for pills?

That's too long for a sign. Well, I tried...Besides, Fox will NOT show any signs that even allude (ellude?) to suicide, pills, etc.

Some bozo 12 year old will end up on TV with a "T.O. is bad" sign or something like that. We all know it's coming.

What we need here, is someone at the game who can report on all the funny/inapproporate signs brought into the game

DVS11 said...

Philly fans 'have 25 million reasons' to hate TO

Brian in Oxford said...

Kim Etheredge thinks T.O. swallows, that's enough for me!

Charlie (Seattle) said...

The best type of sign is one that is dirty, but will still get on TV. During the CHI vs. SEA game I saw a sign, twice, that said, "Put your sack on Hasselback"....Brilliant!

Pete said...

Game of the year??????

I think you are growing more insane every day.

TO going to Philly is a sort-of interesting side story but only as far a Manning v. Manning was interesting.

I am much more interested in the TEAM vs. TEAM aspect of the game and whether Philly can take Dallas down a peg or 2.

This is yet another example of sports commentators hyping the personal story above the game which is suprising Dan since you really don't have much to gain from hyping this ridiculousness.

jkadis said...

I had a sign that got on Sportscenter and NBA2Night.

The sign read:

"If You Lose It:
LeBron Will Come"

Obviously paying homage to Field of Dreams:

"If You Build It:
They Will Come"

The Cavs lost that game to a bad Grizzlies team and we ended up with LeBron.


O.ut of his mind

Up and At Them! said...

it's not a sign, but i'll put in a call to the pa guy in philly so before the game we might hear..."number 81 for the Cowboys: Anna Nicole Smith!"

Tyler said...

Honestly, I'm not sure if anyone could give less of a crap than me. First of all, as a 'Skins fan, I'd rather neither of these teams manage to win, so you bet I won't be watching the game. Second of all, the coverage that this asshole gets is remarkable. He's an attention hound, plain and simple. He's the sort of person that would spend his days in school picking on people smaller than him to get attention. Covering him and his exploits 24 hours a day just enables him. Can we please just ignore this jerk and go home?

That being said, just make a sign that says "Go Eagles." Screw Owens.

jhawkjjm said...

T whO?

Worldwide Reader said...

Game of the year? Are you serious?

Shanoff - you have to undestand - NOBODY cares about TO. Except for the media. Ummm ... and that's why everybody really, really hates the sports media nowadas, because they continually try to shove non-stories like these down our throats. Is this what you're trying to accomplish?

Is DAL/PHI a good match-up? Absolutely. But I think PITT/SD & BAL/DEN are better games this week.

DPrinz said... has an interesting post up about how Fox is going to "take precautions" at the pre-game show on Sunday. To Fox, I say good luck. They can probably get rid of signs but how do they expect to get people to stop chanting? I will be at the game and would love to take the Totally Overdosed sign in but that sounds like alot of work. BTW - can I post a comment from my cellphone? I would post all the good/funny signs if I can figure out how.

Finally, in my opinion, I think Dan is right with his Game of the Year comment, up till now. Not because of TO (though that doesn't hurt) but because it's a HUGE division rivalry with 1st place on the line. It may only be week 5 but division games are always important. That being said I hope the fans remember that the game is more important than some nut-job and if the Eagles lose than it all doesn't matter.

paul said...

how bout this...

You Thought McNabb was bad? Give Drew a few weeks.

wbira said...

Interestingly enough...T.O. has B.O. was a sign from Dallas fans when Owens and the Eagles played in Texas Stadium!

Unknown said...



manninghamheisman said...

Why does everyone hate TO so much? He got treated unfairly, underpaid. He left the team. So what???

Unknown said...

id acually like to say i like TO

my brilliant mind just had to come up with a great sign tho

i think he was the victim (wow TO a victim) of police being really really stupid

but my sign is still hilarious, just admit it

Worldwide Reader said...

Why does everyone hate TO so much? He got treated unfairly, underpaid. He left the team. So what???

Can't tell if you're being serious or not, but I'll bite.

Now, actually, I don't hate TO at all. I am just so sick of the media slurping his every move. ESPN is unbearable to watch, with Ed Werder following his every move. Report on the actual games! You know, the action on the field. What a novel idea.

I am curious, though - how did TO get treated "unfairly" in Philly? He signed a 7 year contract, I believe, and tried to wiggle his way out of it after only one year.

Generik said...

I am amused by all of you who say how much you could care less about the T.O. story but yet take the time to post here how much you despise the attention he gets.

manninghamheisman said...

Dear 'the frog',

TO got screwed because they undervalued him completely. Also the team wasn't a fit for him.

He did the right thing. Money is important and being on the same team as Mc Nabb stinks. I don't like McNabb much nor do I like the city of Philly's fans. They all seem like WT

He finally got a good deal and ended up on a team which respects him more and got more money. No more Mc Nabb and his mom with all those soup commercials.

Only guy I like on the Eagles is Dhani Jones...Go BLUE

manninghamheisman said...

Who really cares about McNabb and his soup-drinking mom? I hope TO scores 2 TD's and spikes the ball and does a riverdance

PhillyGirl said...

They've been selling shirts (for $5), for months that read
TO Sucks, Parcells Swallows

TO Sucks, Dallas Swallows

and vice versa

It's a variation on the old favorite...

Dallas Sucks, New York Swallows (and vice versa)
I'm sure people will be wearing it...

Josh said...

Ahhh yes, those classy Philthadelphia fans.

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FreKy J said...

Here's a few potential signs:

"You can't spell TOOL without T.O."

"Little T.O. Learns to Share (Pills)"

"T.O. - Stop scoring on Kim."

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paul said...

talking about T.O. signs is good fun and all, but seriously, I hope he tourches Philly and they lose... because

A.) McNabb got off WAAAAYYY to easy for last season. If he wasn't so worried about someone coming in and being a star in "his" offense, they might have worked out a little better. I mean if he hadn't gotten hurt and Philly still stunk.. where does the blame go then? Would everybody be pulling the "Kobe Card" saying that McNabb ran T.O. out like Kobe did Shaq?

B.) Philly needs to be exposed... frankly, they really aren't that good of a football team. They haven't really played anyone and with all the overachieving that beat up ass secondary is doing, Something has to give.

nyc-steelers fan said...

How 'bout, 'Congrats, TO; now you have a QB who's jock you can hold.'

Or dig on his new owner too (since I don't know why anyone signed TO after that crap he pulled last year)'Jerry Jones Loves Big, Dumb Receivers'

Or, 'Heard your fiancee left you for Jeff Garcia.'

But seriously, that 'TO has BO' was the best...

Brien said...

I don't like McNabb much nor do I like the city of Philly's fans. They all seem like WT

Not hip enough to know what WT means, but I can tell you this:

We Philly fans could care less whether you like us or not. We are the most passionate fans in the country, bar none.

That rubs people the wrong way, because we boo "our own". But we support our Eagles, through thick and thin. We're loyal, and we demand nothing but loyalty in return.

If you were one of us, you'd understand. But you're not, and you never can be, even if you started rooting for the Eagles, right now. It's part of being born and bred in the Delaware Valley ... and we know the posers when we see/hear them.

So, you can hate the playa, but you cannot hate the game.

Brien "Fly, Eagles, fly ..."

BlitzRules said...

Hard to top the "Put your sack on Hasselbeck" sign at Soldier Field last Sunday, but I'd have to go with:

Hey, Eldorado is a donkey's name, jackass!

chitown italian said...

Here's my theory about the "overdose" incident. I think it was a ploy by Mr. T.O. to get his name back in the news. Had anyone heard his name recently before the incident? How about anything about him since preseason? No, me either. That's why he "overdosed," I mean combined medications.

As an aside, I ran into T.O. in the Atlanta airport he was definitely incognito and wasn't keen to even saying hello (I know athletes don't want to be bothered, so I say hello, offer a handshake, and move on). So some of his "boys" came up to me and said "Don't blow him up." Evidently his "crew" is not educated enough to know the difference between an Italian and an Iraqi. Probably the same for him because all he sees is himself and occasionally his son.